Departmental Papers (SPP)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

January 2001


This article introduces and illustrates the application of Geographic Information System technology to examine patterns of social-services use in community-based interventions. By integrating management information system data from human service agencies and publicly accessible data from the U.S. Census within a specially-referenced framework, the study illustrates that GIS analysis could help managers and planners of social services to assess the extent to which program implementation reflects adherence to a program concept and identify geographical areas with the greatest unmet service needs. The article demonstrates the application of GIS technology, based on an analysis of a city-wide community-based homelessness prevention program in Philadelphia.


Reprinted from Administration in Social Work, Volume 25, Issue 4, 2001, pages 21-45.
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community-based interventions, homelessness prevention, geographic information system, social service utilization



Date Posted: 03 January 2007

This document has been peer reviewed.